Sept. 27, 2016 Board Meeting Summary

Proposed Bond Public Hearing
A public hearing was held to receive input from the public on the issuance of the Board’s proposed $245 million in general obligation bonds. In accordance with Utah Code, public comment will be open until Oct. 25.

  • Public Input
  • Vicki Olsen, JEA President, said the Jordan Education Association membership fully supports and endorses the proposed bond. She said as a resident of the District, she personally supports the bond as well.
  • Mike Haynes, South Jordan resident, told the Board it was exciting to hear that all five mayors support the proposed bond and he said it is refreshing and energizing to see the needs of the District being addressed.

Celebrating Bingham High School
Tyler Beckman, Student Body President, said Bingham High has been a big part of student success since it opened in 1908. That success is seen regularly in athletics, with regional and state championships, and in academics, where Bingham won the State Academic Decathlon in 2016. Tyler talked about student commitment to service with the annual ‘True Blue’ holiday fundraiser benefiting organizations like Make-A-Wish and service in the form of students rallying to clean up the stadium after home and away football games. Tyler also said traditions are alive and well, like the Bingham pinning ceremony, the alumni recognition called ‘Pay Dirt’ and the return of whitewashing the ‘B’ on the mountainside in Copperton. In addition, he said there is a high level of student involvement at the school in more than 60 clubs and organizations.

  • Recommendation to Approve 2017 Summer Projects
    The Board approved the 2017 summer projects, which include:
  • Copper Hills High – weight room expansion, auditorium sound, Commons area remodel and outside restrooms by the athletic playing fields.
  • Bingham High – stadium seating, locker rooms and HVAC upgrade.
  • West Jordan High – baseball field, parking lot, HVAC upgrade, main entrance, and classroom lighting.
  • South Hills Middle – relocate main office, HVAC upgrade, auditorium sound system, lighting upgrade, generator and storage shed,

Elected Official Comments
Mayor Carmen Freeman, Herriman, thanked Board members for their hard work and the positive relationships that have been built with cities. He appreciated being part of the recent Economic Summit and said he is very supportive of the proposed bond.

Superintendent’s Report
Dr. Patrice A. Johnson, Superintendent of Schools, recognized Administrative Assistants Jeri Clayton and Roxane Siggard for the hard work they do to support the Board in the agenda process and ensuring that accurate minutes are maintained. She thanked the Jordan Education Foundation for sponsoring the recent Economic Summit, bringing five municipalities together to talk about our collective future. She appreciated students who participated in the Summit asking great questions. Superintendent Johnson also talked about the quality and values of students who participate in the monthly SBO luncheons and reminded Board members that PLC visits to schools begin on Friday in the Riverton feed system.

Jana Cruz, Director, Nutrition Services, talked about the success of the ‘Farm to School’ program which began in the District seven years ago. She said the program teaches students the value of life-long wellness, eating fresh produce and supporting the local economy. Brett Millikan, JATC South Greenhouse Manager said students spent the summer working in and outside the greenhouse taking ownership of planting and harvesting fruits and vegetables. He said they recently harvested 200 pounds of potatoes, which will be used in the District’s school lunch program along with fresh herbs and other fresh produce grown in the greenhouse. He said he was proud of the ‘One in a Melon’ award from the USDA, which recognized the District for having the best ‘Farm to School’ program in the state.

Patron Comments
Jennifer Peterson, parent representing Copper Hills High, told the Board the community is looking forward to seeing summer projects approved for Copper Hills and parents appreciated Board members touring the school.

  • Board Comments
  • Matthew Young reported on the Charter School Relation Committee meeting. He said the Board is allowed to have two members on the REAL Salt Lake Charter High School Board. Members agreed to appoint Susan Pulsipher and Matt Young to the REAL Charter Board until January. He also invited everyone to the Wasatch Front Regional Marching Band and Color Guard Competition at Herriman High on Saturday, October 1.
  • Kayleen Whitelock thanked Jana Cruz for always being helpful and willing to listen. In response to a patron concern, she asked the District to consider developing a database for volunteers who do not currently have children in the system, but want to help in our schools.
  • Susan Pulsipher said the Legislative Committee is hoping to meet with local lawmakers soon to talk about education bills they want considered in the upcoming legislative session. She asked Board members to submit ideas.
  • Janice Voorhies reported on the Licensed Educator Compensator Task Force meeting. She said there are 10 members and their goal is to strengthen compensation for licensed professionals and to hire and retain high quality professionals. In addition, the task force wants to incentivize teachers to be there best.
  • Jen Atwood reminded Board members that School Community Council trainings start on Oct. 12.

Closed, Study Session
In closed session, Board members discussed property and negotiations. In open session, the Board reviewed ends policies and student achievement and listened to a presentation on ‘Girls on the Run.’ They addressed teacher concerns, reviewed an update on progress toward the 2016 bond election and a District facilities use report.

– Sandy Riesgraf, Director of Communications

Board of Education
Susan Pulsipher, President – Precinct 3
Janice L. Voorhies, Vice President – Precinct 6
Kayleen Whitelock, Secretary – Precinct 4
Jen Atwood, Member – Precinct 7
J. Lynn Crane, Member – Precinct 1
Richard S. Osborn, Member – Precinct 5
Matthew Young, Member – Precinct 2